It will be quite some time before soccer fans see Hope Solo in goal for the United States Women’s National Team.
U.S. Soccer has suspended Solo from the USWNT for six months for conduct it said is “counter to the organization’s principles.”
The suspension, which is effective immediately, stems from comments the star keeper made following the U.S. loss to Sweden on penalty kicks during the women’s football tournament at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Brazil.
“The comments by Hope Solo after the match against Sweden were unacceptable and do not meet the standard of conduct we require from our National Team players,” said Sunil Gulati, U.S. Soccer President. “Beyond the athletic arena, and beyond the results, the Olympics celebrate and represent the ideals of fair play and respect. We expect all of our representatives to honor those principles, with no exceptions.”
He continued, “Taking into consideration the past incidents involving Hope, as well as the private conversations we’ve had requiring her to conduct herself in a manner befitting a U.S. National Team member, U.S. Soccer determined this is the appropriate disciplinary action.”
As a result of the suspension, Solo would not be eligible for selection to the U.S. Women’s National Team until February of 2017.
Following U.S. Soccer’s statement regarding her suspension, Solo released a statement to Sports Illustrated’s Grant Wahl that in part said she was saddened by the federation’s decision to terminate her contract.
“I could not be the player I am without being the person I am, even when I haven’t made the best choices or said the right things,” she said in the statement. “My entire career, I only wanted the best for this team, for the player and for the women’s game and I will continue to pursue these causes with the same unrelenting passion with which I play the game.”
This is not the first time she has been the center of negative attention. Solo in 2015 was suspended for 30 days for conduct related to an incident at the U.S. women’s team’s training camp.
In addition, the current member of NWSL’s Seattle Reign has been dealing with misdemeanor domestic violence charges following an incident at her sister’s home in 2014. She is accused of being intoxicated and assaulting her sister and 17-year old nephew. Solo has claimed she was the victim in the incident.